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Breaking Bad Marathon on AMC starts Wednesday

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marco, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. MacThor

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    I hope they are unedited. My wife and I got caught up on the entire series through the "Midnight Badness" marathon AMC started a few months ago. I loved the 5 episode-a-week format, since we could keep up the pace without overtaxing our old school, un-modded DVR. Plus, I could check out the old show threads as I went along.

    I couldn't understand why AMC was cutting scenes from a show originally aired on AMC, especially since they were re-running them in the middle of the night. I know there were a few much-discussed character development scenes from Season 1 that were not included in the re-airing.
     
  2. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

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    Some of that depends on your equipment as far as the HD versus SD stuff. I know this is a TiVo forum, but I believe a lot of us also have DirecTV or Dish or cableco DVRs as well.

    You would want to set it to record everything, or First Run & Repeats (Both) and there should be a setting in the recording options to keep until you delete. You will want to make sure you don't specify a certain number of episodes (set it to "All", I think).

    On DirecTV there is an option to HIDE SD when there is an equivalent HD channel. Not sure how any of that works with other systems.
     
  3. dwatt

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    I took it that you meant after the initial release when they usually offer a stripped down version with out all of the extras and for a lower price. But you meant the original release just at a "sale" price.
     
  4. Worf

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    I will admit to having just got into BB, and I will also admit that if I saw it week by week, I probably would've lost interest a long time back - there were some sloooow episodes.

    But all at once in a marathon? Wow. it's amazing.
     
  5. nyc13

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    Does nobody have Netflix? That's how I've watched every episode of this show (well, except for this season, which I had to get from Amazon).

    Even so, my personal record for one sitting is probably about five episodes (and I usually had to re-watch the last one of the night whenever I did that).
     
  6. Cearbhaill

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    Heh, Netflix.

    I am watching along with my husband- he's never seen the series and with him we're in season 2.
    I'm also doing a rewatch on my own and I'm in season 4 right now.
     
  7. Worf

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    I borrowed my friend's Netflix account. I finished season 5 and need to start season 5.5...

    Probably 3-4 episodes at a time for me, but still, some episodes were dragging (even though they usually set up future episodes). But I can't imagine watching it one episode a week for 8 weeks and then a huge pause.
     
  8. crowfan

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    I'm nearing the end of Season 4 via Netflix. This is my first time watching the show. It is amazing.

    I am so afraid of being spoiled when then last few episodes air. Between Facebook, Twitter, newspapers, etc., it seems impossible to avoid. I will try. I don't think I'll be able to watch it all in time.
     
  9. nyc13

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    That was me a short while ago. I kicked it in to high gear when I started hearing about the last season. Now I'm completely caught up (watched the most recent one on Amazon last night). And I'm worried about being spoiled in the half-day I think I'll need to wait for Amazon. If by some miracle Amazon puts it up Sunday night, I might be staying up late to watch it. :)
     
  10. crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    I'm certainly going to *try* to finish it in time. :D
     
  11. Worf

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    I just have season 5.5 to do, so I need to finish 7 episodes before Sunday...
     
  12. trip1eX

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    Well having just watching Ep1 Season 5.5 last night I can say that you could skip it and not miss much. Nothing really happened. :D

    That dragged that one out quite a bit kind of like they made us a wait a year for the last 8 episodes.
     
  13. trip1eX

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    Yeah that is one reason I recorded this season and only started watching last night.

    They like to let characters stare into space for an extra 5-10 seconds here and there compared to most shows. Sometimes it is nice and breath of fresh air considering most shows are too edit/cut happy.

    But other times you get an episode like S5.5 Ep1 where nothing happens.
     
  14. Worf

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    Well, stuff did happen, just it was wildly predictable stuff.

    Of course, the thing is, they had to stretch that premise for another 7 episodes because really, if Walt gets arrested in the first episode, well, what are you going to do for the next 7? Fine, you can do a wrap up show and have two episodes, but that's it.

    No, it has to be stretched out because the only time to settle it is on the last episode. So episodes 1-7 of 5.5 must just tie up loose ends.
     
  15. Waldorf

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    Whew! We just finished the finale of season 4 last night... According to the previously linked article, it looks like I have to set up a first run+repeats season pass tomorrow night before 11pm - then probably a manual record of the Talking Bad special.
     
  16. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    How can people say nothing happened in S05E09? There was the great scene with Walt vs Hank. There was Skyler with the verbal smackdown of Lydia. There was the great scene with Walt at Jesse's place. And of course the flash-forward teaser at the beginning was great. What's not to like?

    Just turned on AMC in the background and saw the titular scene in Box Cutter. Man that was tense.
     
  17. Bob_Newhart

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    I've never watched a single episode of this show and decided to record the first five to see if I'd like it. I did.

    A couple of questions I didn't feel like googling:
    1) Is Mr Smith the same actor who played the dad in Malcolm/Middle and Tim Sacksky in King of Queens?

    2) Why is it called Breaking Bad? Never figured that out.

    3) Why are they editing out all the cuss words? Did they do this in the original run? If so, why have them cuss? I don't understand why they're bleeping these words in the marathon.

    That is all.
     
  18. Cearbhaill

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    1) Mr. Smith? If you mean Mr. White, then yes.

    2)"A glance at the bevy of definitions at user-sourced Urban Dictionary reveals that different contributors think the words possess a wide variety of nuances: to “break bad” can mean to “go wild,” to “defy authority” and break the law, to be verbally “combative, belligerent, or threatening” or, followed by the preposition “on,” to “completely dominate or humiliate.”

    Reference books back up that third meaning seen at Urban Dictionary. The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English gives a definition of “to act in a threatening, menacing manner”; American Slang gives a similar definition and traces the phrase to 1970s black usage. Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang says it’s African-American slang from the ’60s that means “to become angry or aggressive”—and that on 1980s college campuses it could (perhaps in a “bad equals good” sense?) mean “to perform well.” The Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms labels the phrase as Southern slang that means “to behave in a violent manner for no good reason.”

    http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/23/breaking-bad-what-does-that-phrase-actually-mean/

    3) I dunno.
     
  19. Hank

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    1. Yes.
    2. In a later episode (or possibly the pilot), Jesse (Walt's former student) is surprised that Walt is going to "break bad" by suddenly going from mild-mannered, boring, straigh-laced, high-school chemistry teacher to cooking meth in an RV in the desert with a loser drug dealer. "Breaking Bad" is the first step at going from someone who doesn't do anything wrong to someone who does, in a big way.*
    3. These episodes originally aired on AMC with the language and even some mild nudity. They've decided after-the-fact to censor them, even on Netflix.


    * Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show has said often he wanted to portray "Mr. Chips turning into Scarface". Think of that as "Breaking Bad"
     
  20. Worf

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    Well, having an episode and a half left to go, I have to say those 7 episodes so far of season 5.5 are pretty damn good.

    Marathon style rocks!

    Edit:
    A question - I get product placement, but why does Walt drive an Aztek for so long? Heck, there was a scene where Walt's rushing to see Gus and we see all the "beauty" shots typically reserved for car ads. But the Aztek sold poorly, was discontinued 3 years before BB began, and Pontiac died a couple of years after it started. I understand why Walt might drive one (being a high school teacher and all), but it seems odd to use it as if it was a product placement. What was up with that?
     

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